Divers Guide to Bonaire
When to go: Year-round, but lower rates are available during the summer months.
Weather: 84 to 89 degrees F year-round
Water temp: Averages in the 80s year-round
Visibility: 80 to 100-plus feet year-round
National park info: Before you can dive in Bonaire National Marine Park, you’ll have to complete a checkout dive to prove your skill level and pay a $25 cash entry fee per person (the fee for snorkelers is $15).
Dive shop info: Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire (buddy dive.com) offers multiple daily boat trips to Klein Bonaire. Buddy Dive’s house reef is also accessible for divers who aren’t staying at the resort, but night diving is only available for resort guests.
Insider tip: Buddy Dive’s drivethru filling station is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so plan your tank fills accordingly.